Summer Language Courses

Monday 9 – Friday 13 August 2021

Designed for students entering 6th Year or 5th Year students looking to get a head start on the Leaving Cert syllabus, improve your French, Spanish, German, and Irish language skills on one of our Summer Language courses this August. Taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, these 5-day courses are designed to improve oral and written fluency, expression and comprehension in an immersive classroom environment.

Please note, Summer Language Courses take place on our main school campus, 79-85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

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Students attending these classes receive the following benefits:

  • Tuition from highly qualified and experienced educators.
  • Comprehensive, exam focused course notes, which support classroom tuition.
  • Strategies for maximising exam performance.
  • Access to a selection of specially recorded oral preparation listening materials available through the Institute website. These materials will support and reinforce the skills, grammar and vocabulary developed during the classes.


To learn more about what will be covered in each class, please select from the subject list below:


French (H)

This course gives a comprehensive overview of key elements of the Leaving Certificate Higher Level French syllabus.

Topics from: 

  • Grammar: 5 core tenses
  • Reading and Listening Exam techniques and vocabulary
  • Written production: Narrative story, Diary entry, Opinion piece, Fax/Email
  • Oral preparation: the new oral examination topics, the document


German (H)

German Language course will develop and reinforce the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, while concentrating on the skills and Grammar required for the Leaving Certificate Exam 2022/23.

  • The course will cover journalistic and literary Reading comprehension practice with in-depth concentration on answering skills and techniques for the exam paper.
  • Leaving Certificate German Oral format and marking scheme will be covered in detail including some roleplays and pictures sequences for 2022-23.
  • Productive writing techniques and essential Grammar needed for the written paper.
  • Essential Grammar areas covered … Tenses/ Cases / Word Order / Relative pronoun
  • Aural comprehension practice with emphasis on essential skills required for the aural exam using online authentic listening material.
  • The course will concentrate on building up and developing the student’s communicative skills in written and oral proficiency.


Spanish (H)

This course is designed to prepare students for all aspects of the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Spanish exam.

Topics from:

  • General overview of the exam paper.
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Exam techniques and vocabulary from past papers.
  • Writing
    • Opinion piece (Structure, topics, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions…)
    • Writing techniques for Dialogue construction, Diary entry and Note.
    • Sentence building. Work on common errors.
  • Listening comprehension
    • Vocabulary from past papers.
    • Vocabulary for the weather report.
    • Strategies to maximise marks.
  • Key grammar points 
    • Verbs: present, future, conditional, 3 past tenses, subjunctive, imperative and gerund.
    • Some special verbs: gustar, ser and estar.
    • Pronouns.
  • Vocabulary
    • Synonyms and False Friends
  • Oral
    • Understanding the oral exam.
    • Interview. Expanding on common topics.
    • Sample answers.
    • Role-plays – preparation.


Irish (H)

This course is designed to prepare students for all aspects of the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Irish exam.

Topics from:

  • Gramadach  > Grammar
  • Sraith Pictiúr
  • Aistí – struchtúr & samplaí > Essays – Structure & samples
  • Cleachtadh cainte > Conversation practice
  • Filíocht & Prós > Poetry & Prose
  • Léamhthuiscintí >  Reading comprehensions
  • Cleachtadh éisteachta & leideanna > Listening practice & hints

The following are the times when each language’s class will be held;

Morning: 9:30 to 13:00 for European languages – German, French and Spanish

Afternoon: 13:30 to 17:00 for Irish

Please note:

  • All classes take place on our main school campus, 79-85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

The following are the fees that will apply to this Summer Language Course

  • 1 Class: €495
  • 2 Classes: €895

Please note:

  • Credit Card payments accepted
  • 10% reduction for the second and subsequent members of the same family, attending the same courses. Please contact our office to avail of this discount.
  • Fees are non-transferable
Q: If I enrol in a class in Leeson Street, can I also avail of classes online?

A: Yes, you can enrol in other classes online. Click here for details.


Q: Are the class notes available online?

A: No, a hard copy will be provided to each student from the teacher for the subjects they enrol in, on a monthly basis..


Q: If I am doing weekly grinds, can I change my choice of subject or class-time during the year?

A: Yes. Please contact our office to arrange any changes. Please contact our office to arrange changes on 01 661 3511.


Q: How long is each weekly grinds class?

A: Each class lasts 75 minutes.


Q: Can I sample a class to see if I like it?

A: Yes, you can sample up to 3 classes in one week, free of charge. Advance booking is required. To book your sample class please click here.


Q: How much is the fee per class?

A: This depends on the number of subjects taken. Please refer to the fees table to see a list of fees.


Q: How many weeks of tuition are there in the weekly grinds course?

A: There are 29 weeks of tuition.


Q: If I start weekly grinds later in the year, will this be reflected in the fees I pay?

A: Yes, fees are reduced 3 times throughout the year.


Q: Is attendance at weekly grinds and part-time courses monitored?

A: Yes, students are required to sign a roll sheet at each class they attend. The Institute however accepts no responsibility for students who fail to attend class.


Q: Are there any breaks or holidays during the year for students attending weekly grinds or part-time courses?

A: Yes, there are breaks at mid-term, Christmas and Easter. Please refer to the timetables tab for more details.


Q: Can a 5th Year part-time student join a 6th Year class if the subject is not available at 5th Year level?

A: Yes, if they join the 6th Year class at the start of the Academic Year. Consideration must be given to any changes in curriculum. Please contact our office to arrange this on 01 661 3511.


Q: Can part-time students take up an extra subject or a subject that is not available to them in their own school?

A: Yes, with consideration being given to the suitability of the subject. It is advisable that students take on a new subject at the start of the academic year. Our 6th Year programme covers each subject in full. However, 5th Year students can join our 5th Year class and complete the subject over two years.


Q: What subjects would you recommend to take on as an extra subject?

A: The most popular subjects would be: Applied Maths; Economics; Business; Accountancy; Classical Studies and Agricultural Science.


Q: Are the classes conducted ‘lecture style’ or are students free to ask questions?

A: Our classes are interactive and our teachers use a variety of methods to ensure that students can ask questions and contribute to the class.


Q: For weekly grinds, does the beginning of a new term mean the start of a new course?

A: No, in the weekly grinds each subject commences in September and runs through to the end of the academic year in May. Students can catch up with what they might have missed by watching the class recordings in their own time and by participating in the Christmas, mid-term and Easter revision courses.


Q: If I want to join weekly grinds during the year, can you tell me what remains to be covered on the course and what the student has missed?

A: Teachers have their own individual teaching plan for the year, and should be able to advise on this.


Q: My son/daughter is unwell and cannot attend further classes. Can I have a refund?

A: Should a student decide to discontinue their course at any stage, a refund will be processed for all remaining classes paid for in advance.


Q: My son/daughter cannot attended the course. Can we buy the notes?

A: No. Teaching is a central part of all our courses. The notes are to facilitate recall and revision of the day’s work covered by the teacher.